Notes from the 6/21 NAP 4 Working Session

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Alycia (Piazza) Yozzi

Jun 29, 2018, 10:37:59 AM6/29/18
to US Open Government,

Hi OpenGov Community,
Thank you for another productive workshop.  All the suggested commitments are in GitHub for your review. Please take a look, comment, edit, and add!

We will be communicating next steps in the near future but in the mean time please enjoy the notes from the 6/21 working session.


6/21 Open Government National Action Plan 4 Working Session

1:00 pm: Introduction

Matt Lira, Office of American Innovation

  • Reiterating that the administration is here to listen.

  • This is the start of the process of hearing what a successful action plan looks like.

Joseph Foti, Open Government Partnership

  • Recap of last meeting (6/14)

    • Several solid commitments

  • The last action plan had a number of standout commitments, including police data, Open Science, and some of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)-related commitments.

  • In other areas, there were regressions (extractives and WeThePeople platform).

  • In terms of ambition and completion, relative to other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, the US has historically outperformed the average.

  • The third national action plan, however, saw a decline in completion despite the overall increase in impact.

  • In terms of collaboration with civil society, the US has continued to lag behind its peers.

  • OGP internationally has a number of areas where OGP are collectively trying to move forward, and are looking forward to continued US leadership in these areas:

    • anti-corruption (e.g. lobbying/ethics reform; open contracting);

    • fiscal openness (open, participatory budgets);

    • civic space (esp. freedom of assembly and association);

    • public services;

    • and beneficial ownership.


Bill Hunt, OMB Overview of the President’s Management Agenda & Orientation of  activities

  • We are targeting 3-5 impactful commitments for the final NAP 4;

  • Today we are going to brainstorm commitments and continue to develop ideas;

  • The goal is to vote on what you want to work on during the session,out of new ideas from today and ideas generated at last week’s session;

  • Develop the commitment more fully;

  • All commitments from the last session are available on github.

Questions and Comments From Participants to the U.S. Government

  • Q: What kind of good faith should we assume by the national government that you want to engage the public?

  • A:

    • The federal government at large continues to work on our engagement strategies and our efforts to be transparent about those strategies.

    • As a matter of fact, one of the items this group can choose to brainstorm on is the co-creation process itself

    • We are committed to making this process easier and replicable

    • We cannot speak for what other agencies are doing but we hope to support all federal agencies in being more open and transparent

  • Q:What specific steps in the next month is the government going to take to inform the media?

  • A:

    • the U.S. Government does not have a specific plan to announce today but we are working on improving on the outreach process.

Brainstorm ideas generated from the discussion groups voted on by participants:

  • Adapting to growing public interest in anti-corruption data (pulling public) (0 votes)

  • Simplifying agency understanding and respond to shifting public opinion (0 votes)

  • Natural language process ( 0 votes)

  • Electronic records - balancing openness with burden/privacy (0 votes)

  • VA Engagement (1 votes)

  • More multilingual resources (and more language) (1 vote)

  • Eliminate barriers to federal agency transparency (but balance privacy) (2 votes)

  • Sharing open contract data for public consumption (2 votes)

  • Commit to press freedom (2 votes)

    • FOIA

    • SHIELD

    • Agency Press Conference

  • FOIA CAPSTONE goal and API’s for (3 votes)

  • Engage Legislative Branch (5 votes)

  • Federal government ingest transparency data and share to inform infrastructure projects (3 votes)

  • Data profile for federal data on citizens (6 votes)

Table 1: Create platform for the release of open data on constituent services

Key Objectives:

  • Improve transparency of citizen services

  • Collaborate with Congress to increase understanding of issues and oversight

Measurable Metrics:

  • X agencies participating

  • Brief x caucuses - committees on use of data

  • Data used in oversight hearings to determine topics for hearing or who should testify

  • Number of members linking or sharing platform on websites/social media

Table 2: A United States Government Effort to Educate Citizens on Data Privacy and a Registry for Agency-Specific Information Assurance Practices

Key Objectives:
This initiative creates the foundation for a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government - Assurance.

Objective 1 - Increase the data IQ of the American public

  • Outreach campaign to highlight the importance of Information Assurance and what the US Government is doing to help safeguard the American public from cyber threats and data breaches.

  • Easy-to-use information about data privacy, how data can be both empowering and dangerous and why it is important for individuals to play an active role in combating cyber threats and data breaches.

  • A how-to guide for establishing data protections in general.

Objective 2 - Ensure that all agencies are able to communicate which datasets have a potential impact on the American public in a common open standard.

List of agency-specific datasets

  • List of Controls the agency employs to ensure citizen data are protected

  • Providing information about how individuals can help safeguard their data within that agency

  • Direct links to agency-specific policy around information assurance

Objective 3 - Create an avenue for the American public to voice concerns around data and information assurance so that issues can be addressed at both the Federal and Agency level in a participatory manner.

Objective 4 - Establishing a government-wide data privacy framework for the use of federal, state and local government as well as the private sector (similar to the cyber threat framework but dedicated to data privacy and information assurance).

Possible partnership with GAO and OIG

  • In close collaboration with the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace

  • Consulting a scientific body like NIST to leverage their expertise in Special Publications

  • Create and publish a maturity score and index for agencies in the area of information assurance and create a healthy competition while establishing a sense of urgency

  • Empower the private sector to provide similar assurances in the course of doing business with the American people

  • Paragraph Description

  • Every citizen is generating data with or without their knowledge. While some people do not fully understand the impact of data on their lives, recent cyber threats and data breaches have put most on high alert and with doubts around their freedom to pursue daily activities on the web. The US Government can help create a safer and more robust enabling environment for sharing information by educating the public, establishing common assurance reporting standards, providing avenues for civic engagement, and establishing a government-wide data privacy framework for the use of federal, state and local government as well as the private sector

Measurable Metrics

  • Metric 1 - Number of visitors to the website (plus other web metrics)

  • Metric 2 - Percentage of total agencies registered and publishing updated information regarding their data and controls according to the framework and in the open data standard

  • Metric 3 - Overall maturity score of all agencies that are publishing data

  • Metric 4 - Time to address public feedback

  • Metric 5 - Number of downloads and academic references of the data privacy framework

U.S. General Services Administration

Alycia Yozzi Office of Government-wide Policy


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